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Absalom: Ghosts of London [Paperback]

Gordon Rennie , Tiernen Trevallion
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21 Jun 2012
Veteran copper, Inspector Harry absalom, heads a special squad that enforces The Accord - a diplomatic treaty made in the sixteenth century between the throne of England and Hell. If any demonic entities step out of line, Harry and his team will track the infernal offenders down and sort them out for good. A miserable old bastard with a knack for finding trouble, Harry was the perfect man for the job. But years of strife are starting to catch up with him, and now Harry also has to contend with the fact that he is dying of terminal cancer...

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: 2000 AD Graphic Novels (21 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781080429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781080429
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WRITER Gordon Rennie is one of 2000 AD and the Megazine's most prolific creators, with co-creative credits for Caballistics, Inc., Glimmer Rats, Missionary Man, Necronauts, Storming Heaven, Rain Dogs and Witchworld. He has also written Daily Star Dredd strips, Judge Dredd, Harke and Burr, Mean Machine, Past Imperfect, Pulp Sci-Fi, Rogue Trooper, Satanus, Terror Tales, Tharg the Mighty,Vector 13, Absalom and Aquila. ARTIST Tiernen Trevallion has worked as an illustrator since he was convinced to leave school in the mid-eighties. His first comic commissions were for Inferno Magazine on the strip Tales from the Ten-Tailed Cat and Daemonifuge 3 with Simon Spurrier for Warhammer Monthly. He then pestered Tharg, until 2007, where he was given an Al Ewing-scripted Terror Tale, followed by a couple of Tales from the Black Museum stories in the Judge Dredd Magazine. Now currently illustrating Absalom, Tiernen also works on his own projects, some of which involve angry puffins.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Noblesse oblige 18 Jun 2012
As reviewed on my 2000AD blog Brit Cit Reviews.

One of the great things about 2000AD is its relatively high turnover of new strips. Sure you have the old classics like Dredd and Strontium Dog, but 2000AD has never been a comic to rest on its laurels, continuingly bringing us brand new strips too enjoy. Sometimes they don't work and are forgotten about pretty quickly, but other times the new strips stand head and shoulders over the rest of the prog as a classic in the making. Fortunately Absalom falls firmly into the latter category.

Around this time last year I was pretty excited about the forthcoming debut of Absalom. As a spin-off of supernatural horror strip Caballistics Inc I had high hopes for Absalom before it had even started. Cabs Inc had been one of the best strips of the 21st century so far, so anything to do with it had to be good. That has certainly proved to be the case as Absalom is perhaps well on its way to surpassing its parent strip in every way. Absalom is one of those rare strips where everything is absolutely perfect...the writing, the art, the characters, the premise...everything is firing on all cylinders.

Having a good lead character is absolutely vital to any comic strip, particularly when he lends his name to the strips title. Inspector Harry Absalom is a fascinating leading man, riddled with incurable cancer yet apparently unable to die, he remains something of a mystery despite the reader knowing quite a bit of his backstory. We know that he is in fact hundreds of years old as is revealed in the first strip in this collection, having been witness to the signing of The Accord between the British Government and Hell itself, centuries in the past.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absalom 14 Oct 2013
It's 1578 and there's a demon chained up in the Tower of London. It's just the kind of surprising development that could lead to rioting on the effluent-sodden Tudor streets and cause all manner of upset to the life and reign of Elizabeth I. Clearly the whole thing has to be hushed up but silencing hell-spawn is no easy matter. The best means of retaining the status quo, at least outwardly and in the eyes of the masses, is the negotiating of a treaty between the throne of England and the power players of Hell, a treaty known as The Accord. Peace of a kind is achieved, with inter-marriage between demons and certain powerful aristocratic families sealing the deal.

Fast-forward to London of the present day and Detective Inspector Harry Absalom is "cleanin' up the manor one bleedin' demon at a time!" If any demonic entities step out of line and breach the terms of The Accord, Absalom and his special squad of demon busting coppers track the offenders down and re-educate them, permanently. It's a thankless job but Harry Absalom isn't the kind of guy who's out for glory.

Absalom: Ghosts of London collects the first three stories (`Noblesse Oblige', `Sick Leave' and `Ghosts of London') in Gordon Rennie and Tiernen Trevallion's spin-off from the Caballistics Inc 2000AD series. It's a twisted police procedural where organised crime and conspiracy meets folklore and mythology and so, yes, is reminiscent of BPRD, Hellblazer, the Felix Castor books and probably some other stuff too. Having said that, it's one of the best new strips to come out of 2000AD in quite a while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Demon ass-kickery of the highest order! 30 Dec 2012
I first encountered Harry Absalom and his exploits in the 2000AD Programme 2013 special; after reading it i liked it so much i decided to order the collected trade from Amazon, and i couldn't have made a better choice.

Detective Inspector Harry Absalom is a veteran copper in London, who heads a special squad that enforces The Accord - a diplomatic treaty made in the sixteenth century between the throne of England and hell. If any demonic entities step out of line Harry and his team track the offenders down.

The comic was serialised in 2000AD and is an offshot of Caballistic Inc. But on this evidence Absalom more than holds its own. The story is written by Gordon Rennie and illustrated by the ever brilliant Tiernen Trvallion. When i first encountered his artwork in 2000AD/ Judge Dredd Megazine i fell head over er, heels in love with it! His artwork is a little reminscent of Mike Mignola's style, but more detailed and dare i say more accessible. sometimes there's a lot of things happening in just one panel as we shall see.

The trade consists of three stories. First of these is 'Noblesse Oblige'.
The story revolves around an escaped immate from a private santorium in Cumbria. It turns out that the escapee is a half breed demon. We learn that Cumbria is a place where the demon hierarchy (the Rathborne lineage) keep their offsprings which are born defective or too unhuman-like. The demonic lineage has infiltrated those in high society namely the royal family, rich bankers 'a couple of celebrity chefs and a few of the smug looking gits on the TV comedy quiz shows'. Soon Harry Absalom and his squad is tasked with finding the dangerous escapee. Along for the hunt is a new recruit, DS Jemima Hopkins.
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